Earlier this morning, we posted about the Palace and Cannondale collaboration capsule collection. Here’s the video accompanying that launch…
Veering from the open road and into the city streets, Cannondale connects with Palace Skateboards to create the MAD BOY, pumping energy into Cannondale’s signature urban bike to celebrate its 50th anniversary. A complete alloy frame with Lefty fork brings a one-of-a-kind appearance into the city streets and marks the pinnacle of high-performance smiling.
Taking inspiration from racing heritage, zany rave-flyers, ‘00s motocross, classic video games, and skateboarding, the MAD BOY was made possible. Designed to excite, inspire and reimagine the world of cycling through a unique lens. Alongside Palace’s first-ever bike, there’s a range of clothing and accessories, featuring hoodies, t-shirts, caps and gore-tex technical jackets & trousers.
While the apparel stands on its own for this release, the bike itself is something to behold. Check out full photos of the Mad Boy below…
Cannondale is a on a different plane from a lot of brands, particularly when it comes to their gravel bikes. We’ve reviewed a few over the years here (see below in our Related column), mainly the ones that have tried to push the envelope in various ways. Yet, with all the suspension gimmicks intended to “soften” hard rides, the Super Six EVO SE has returned in a no-fluff gravel bike experience. With clearance for a 45mm tire, the Super Six EVO SE relies on tire pressure to ensure your ride is comfortable and with a light weight carbon chassis, it leaves no room for excuses.
See the full spec list at Cannondale.
Can we just say how great the colors are in this launch? Kudos, team!
Remember the Rapha + Palace kit and bikes that dropped right before the Giro d’Italia, causing quite the stir? Well, USA Cycling is hosting a raffle with all proceeds going towards Contributing to New Co-ed Cycling Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Cannondale and EF Pro Cycling have donated two of the Giro d’Italia change out bikes for this raffle.
Read more below…
This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Theo and his custom finished Cannondale CAADX ‘cross bike. Read on below for Theo’s words and photos…
Photo (cropped) by S J Hockett
Yesterday during the Giro d’Italia team presentation, EF Pro Cyling unveiled their collaboration with London-based skate brand Palace skateboards. Yes, this collab is insane. Yes, that’s a duck. Yes, there’s more information to come, so sit tight, but for now, check out some high res shots of the Cannondale Super Six EVO and System Six bikes below…
Out of all the bikes I personally reviewed or even rode last year, the Cannondale Topstone carbon was not my favorite. Yet, I really loved the 2018 aluminum Topstone! Go figure. As I stated in the initial review, it felt too gimmicky for all the engineering that went into it. I felt like it was lacking something extra to truly make it stand out from Cannondale‘s history of making kooky, yet practical suspension bikes. A whole year has passed but my wish would finally come true. Was it worth the wait or the extra engineering? Read on below to find out.
Our friends at Education First Pro Cycling, aka that cool team in pink, sent over a whole grip of images shot by Jordan Haggard from their team camp in Arkansas this past weekend. We were supposed to head out to experience this first hand but had prior engagements. So, without further adieu, check it all out below!
This one really captures the event nicely! Well done, y’all!
Going into the 5th year of Grinduro California coverage on this website, I really wanted to do something different and boy, did I get just that. In addition to covering Team Brooks‘ debut at Grinduro, a series of events made this otherwise familiar race a little more unpredictable. Things weren’t looking so great the week leading up to this incredible event…
I absolutely loved the aluminum Cannondale Topstone for what it was: a nicely spec’d, well-riding, off-the-shelf all-road bike that has Cannondale’s DNA with build options ranging from $1,050 to $2,100. It was a great bike at a solid price that didn’t skimp on the build kit or frame design. So when Cannondale launched the Carbon Topstone, with new passive suspension design, I was interested in seeing how the bike would ride. To come out with such an evolved design from the original Topstone, it had to be worth it, right? Well… it’s complicated.
Most cyclists, and even non-cyclists, who enjoy the type of bike racing that involves going up and down hills know the name Eddy Merckx and of course The Tour de France. Road racing, and the companies associated with it, do a great job of embracing its European heritage and consistently reminding us of how the sport evolved into what it is today. This makes it easy easy to get pulled into the romanticized parts of road racing when companies like Campagnolo, Colnago, and Bianchi do such a great job of celebrating their places in what makes the sport special.
Last year’s Cannondale Topstone review generated quite the buzz over here, so when Cannondale sent me a Topstone Carbon to review, I was intrigued to see what changed between the lower pricepoint aluminum and this new, fancy carbon model. Turns out, a lot! The biggest being an all-new, BallisTec Carbon, Kingpin suspension system which locks the seat stays together with a thru-axle, allowing for dampening on rough terrain. Read on below for more!
A few years ago, the disparity between road bikes, disc road bikes, and all-road bikes was very high. It was hard to find a disc road bike or all-road that had hydraulic brakes, clearance for 42mm tires, and extra bottle bosses for under $3,000. In the last year, the amount of all-road models on the market has increased drastically, which is great for the consumer! Bigger brands who typically address racing have looked to expand into all-road, gravel, and adventure platforms. Even Cannondale has thrown their hat in the ring with the affordable Topstone. I can’t help but think about how a bike like this would have blown the market apart a few years ago but how does it stack up against the already hefty list of options out there?
These days, it seems a lot of brands are looking to their heritage to market their new bikes. Sure, nostalgia sells, but more often than not, throwbacks are more like head-scratchers. Not with the new Cannondale XC frames. Two new F-Si Hi-MOD framesets come with matching Lefty Ocho forks and painted in the classic livery from the early days of XC racing. Choose the Viper Red or Team Blue.
The Team Blue color features yellow “quad-wrap” decals, a head nod, without the head shock, to the CAAD3, CAAD4 and CAAD5 raced in the late 90’s to early 2000’s.
See more at Cannondale.
Photos by John Watson, words by Sean Talkington of Team Dream Team
Almost exactly a year ago, I flew out to Connecticut to take a tour of Cannondale’s headquarters, grab quick lunch with Lebron James, and discuss the possibility of doing a collaborative bike for Team Dream. To say I’m a cycling fanboy is a massive understatement. This is the kind of idea I have pined over for years.
The all new Cannondale Topstone is the most ambitious all-road, all-day, all-over the damn place bike they’ve designed to date. Discover it for yourself at Cannondale.